Multicore DSPs Tout 10 GHz Performance with Combined Fixed and Floating Point Capabilities
Tue, 11/09/2010 - 5:28am
Texas Instruments announced its newest digital signal processor (DSP), the TMS320C66x, and four scalable C667x devices. Built with multiple 1.25 GHz DSP cores, it is said to be the industry’s first 10 GHz DSP with 320 GMACs and 160 GFLOPs of combined fixed and floating point performance on a single device. The C667x DSP family is based on the company’s KeyStone multicore architecture, designed to maximize the throughput of on-chip data flows and eliminate the possibility of bottlenecks, so that developers can fully utilize the vast processing power of the DSP cores. The family includes three pin compatible multicore DSPs in two, four and eight core versions, the TMS320C6672, TMS320C6674 and TMS320C6678 respectively, as well as a four-core communications System-on-Chip (SoC), the TMS320C6670. Using TI’s C667x multicore DSPs, infrastructure developers can now more easily design integrated, software upgradeable, power and cost-efficient platforms, according to the company, in markets such as mission critical, including public safety and defense, medical and high-end imaging, test and automation, high-performance computing and core networking.